Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco, 29, who led his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2012 and was named MVP of that game, has started for the Ravens since 2008.
He finished his college career at the University of Delaware, bringing the Blue Hens to the NCAA Division I Championship Game, which they lost to the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
At Delaware, Flacco racked up game records for most completions, 40, and passing yards per game, 271, according to his official website, joeflacco5.com.
His website also notes that he was the “first rookie QB in NFL history to win two playoff games.” That year, 2008, the Flacco-led Ravens went to their first AFC Championship game since 2000.
Last year, Flacco passed for 3,912 yards and threw 19 touchdowns. In 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl, he threw for 3,817 yards and made 22 touchdown passes.
Flacco is involved with several charitable causes. He has long supported Special Olympics Maryland, visiting with athletes earlier this month.
Many of his charitable endeavors involve animals. Per his Twitter feed, @TeamFlacco, Flacco visited a Pitties and Purrs adoption event last weekend. Pitties and Purrs is a foster-based animal rescue in Baltimore City.
Flacco is also involved with the Baltimore Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Reisterstown. More information and opportunities to donate are available at baltimorehumane.com.
According to famousbirthdays.com, Flacco is the fifth most popular person named “Joe,” behind Joe Sugg (Who’s that?), Joe Jonas, soccer player Joe Hart, and fellow quarterback Joe Montana. Flacco edges out Vice President Joe Biden to make the top five.